TWYCN: The Source (2011)

A couple of weeks ago the BNP Paribas Open chief executive and tournament director Steve Simon said some things that might have angered a lot of women. He was quoted in saying that the top-level women players were riding on the ‘coattails of the men’ and that they were ‘very, very lucky’ to earn equal prize money. If that wasn’t upsetting enough, he goes as far as saying that if he was a lady player, he would go down on his hands and knees and thank God for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for being born because they have carried this sport. With all the ideological advancements that has dawned in our society within the past few decades, I find it difficult to understand how this is still a topic of conversation. If they are doing the same job, then people should get paid equal; no matter what gender, race or ideology. Living in North America, we are blessed to live in a free and independent society. The disparity that women have to face here in Canada are trivial compared to what women have to go through in countries like Afghanistan, Sudan and Guatemala. Will this ever change? Can we ever live in a world where women are seen in the same level as men?

The Source (2011) – a french-drama comedy directed by Radu Mihaileanu – is an optimistic film that tells us that we can change our society. Set in a remote village in North Africa, the story starts off with a group of women collecting water from a distant well. On their way back, one of the women slips and falls causing her unborn baby to die in in her womb. Seeing as this is an on going problem between the women of the village, our protagonist Leila – played beautifully by Leila Bekhti – demands they hold a sex strike to convince the men to help out with the collection of water. Of course, the men had a huge problem with this causing a huge divide between the two sexes.

Watching this film, you’ll be surprised to see the conversations between these women. It is refreshing to see Islamic women be so open about their sexuality. And why shouldn’t they be? I guess being a Catholic, I have become accustomed to the Western representations of Islamic women. Milhaileanu made it clear from the first minutes of the film that these women are different, and that not all Islamic states are Extreme.

The sense of community is a central theme in Mihaileanu’s film and it’s expressed in the shot techniques used in the scenes. By having the camera move freely within the space, effortlessly switching from character to character without cuts, Milhaileanu illustrates that everybody within this community is interconnected. A revolution does not come from one individual alone, instead it is the result of a collective change within society. If we truly want to destroy inequality once and for all, than it has to come from within us. That includes you Steve.

The Source (2011) rating: a GOOD WATCH plain and simple.  If you happen to take my advice and watch the film, or already have watched, let me know what you think.  Please Comment Below.


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